Resume Writing Tips to Clear HR Screening Process – Seal That Job Opportunity!

By on October 9, 2014 with No Comments

Job candidates are selected and called for job interviews on the basis of their resume. Preparing for a job interview comes later in your hiring process once your resume is shortlisted. Hence, for any job seeker, understanding resume writing trick is the first step towards clearing the HR screening process. However, after many suggestions and write-ups on resume writing tips, many job seekers do not get a clear idea of what should exactly be your resume like!

To make sure that your efforts do not go in vain, here are some important tips to make your resume clear the HR screening process:

Formatting

  • Many recruiters still prefer the chronological order of information in the resume. To keep your recent experiences at the top, provide an “Executive Summary” to outline your accomplishments and skills relevant to the job role.
  • Formatting comes with a goal to make your resume easy to skim for the hiring manager. Hence, use bullets for important details, and make your sentences short and to the point.
  • Adding several pages in your resume does not convey that you have information that is more valid. Reduce your resume to the required one or two pages.
  • Keep the entire resume in the same size font, except for headings. This makes your resume look organized and clearer.
  • Do not justify your text as it gives uneven gaps and makes your resume unattractive to the reader. The best way is to keep your text aligned to the left. Moreover, headings and sub-headings should be aligned to the left to ensure readability.
  • Even your resume needs some breathing room! Try to keep relevant white space on your resume to make the document look less stuffed.

Personal Information

  • Contact details make an important part of your resume. Your address detail is vital for the hiring manager to match with the company’s requirement of job location. Your email address and phone number should also be mentioned.
  • Personal details mostly include marital status, religion, and birthday. However, it is not mandatory (or illegal, at least in the US) for recruiters to request for these details.

Education and Work Experience

  • When mentioning your previous work experience, remember the hiring manager is not interested in knowing your day-to-day work activity like attending meeting, following up with clients, etc. Rather, he is more interested in knowing about your accomplishments, which should be mentioned in bullets.
  • Recruiters are no more interested in knowing your graduation year, GPA, or about your paid or unpaid internship. Unless there is anything actually relevant (for example, a part-time job) information that can add value to your resume, do not include it. After all, the recruiter is looking for something different in you and not that everyone has mentioned

Other tips

  • Keep your focus on the words used in the resume. Avoid using unnecessary phrases, buzzwords, industry jargons, or uncommon words. Your resume should be easily understandable and free of vague terms
  • Recruiters see several words as a major turn off. These include common words like Go-getter, Team player, Hard worker, Results driven, Strategic thinker, Self-motivated, and Dynamic. So, avoid using them

You can definitely do this much of homework on your resume to get to the next level of the hiring process. Isn’t it?

Author bio:

Swati Srivastava is an avid writer with a keen interest on the extensive domain of job search and career counselling. Currently associated with Naukrigulf.com, her articles are published on several reputed job search portals and online career magazines.

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About Sudha Mishra: Swati Srivastava is an avid writer with a keen interest on the extensive domain of job search and career counselling. Currently associated with Naukrigulf.com, her articles are published on several reputed job search portals and online career magazines. View author profile.

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